Research, Education & Extension


Sustainable Ag Symposium a Success

September 17, 2010

On Thursday, September 16, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Organic Farming Research Foundation, Farm Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, and USDA sponsored an all-day symposium on the recently published National Research Council report Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century. The event, held at the National Press Club, was attended by 125 people, including […]

Senate Confirms Hagen and Woteki at USDA

September 17, 2010

On Thursday, September 16th, Senate voted to confirm Elisabeth Hagen as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety and Catherine Woteki as USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. The appointments are encouraging, not least because the position of Under Secretary for Food Safety has remained unfilled for over a year.  Hagen was appointed back […]

Senate Ag Committee Holds Organic Hearing

September 15, 2010

On Wednesday, September 15th, the Senate Agriculture Committee gathered for an oversight hearing entitled “The National Organic Law at 20:  Sowing Seeds for a Bright Future.”  The hearing in part commemorated the 20-year anniversary of the passage of the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA), which standardized organic certification and labeling regulations across the country.  Before the […]

Revised Senate Food Safety Bill Includes Important Amendments

August 13, 2010

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a copy of the “manager’s amendment” to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) which is, in essence, the bill as reported out of the HELP Committee late last year as modified by a long and arduous set of negotiations that have taken place […]

Revised Chart on FY 2011 Ag Appropriations

July 20, 2010

With both the House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee and the full Senate Appropriations Committee now having taken action on their Fiscal Year 2011 agricultural spending bills, NSAC is posting a revised version of its annual agriculture appropriations chart to our website.  The chart provides detailed funding level decisions on a program-by-program basis for about 40 USDA […]

Senate Committee Adopts Ag Spending Bill

July 15, 2010

On Thursday, July 15, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2011 Agricultural Appropriations bill by voice vote.  The action on the agriculture bill came after a lengthy partisan debate over the overall discretionary spending levels for the entire government for FY 2011, which concluded with the adoption of Chairman Inouye’s proposed spending allocations. […]

June ERS Reports: Opportunities & Constraints to Local and Alternative Production Systems

June 25, 2010

This June the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published reports identifying the opportunities and constraints facing both local food supply chains and grass-fed livestock production systems. In response to the exploding demand for local foods the ERS published, “Comparing the Size, Structure and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains.”  The report looks at […]

Farmers Fly to Washington D.C. to Have Their Voices Heard

June 25, 2010

On June 23rd, 11 farmers from around the country flew to Washington D.C. to have their voices heard. NSAC hosted the Budget and Appropriations “Fly-In” at a critical juncture as the USDA prepares it’s budget proposals for the Fiscal Year 2012 and Congress starts work to finalize 2011 agricultural appropriations.  The farmers and NSAC staff […]

USDA Seeks Nominations for Research Advisory Board

June 9, 2010

Today USDA announced that it is seeking nominations for its research advisory board, the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB).   The 25-member Advisory Board provides recommendations to the Secretary on food and agriculture research, extension, education, and economics.  The Board also consults directly with congressional agriculture committees and agricultural appropriations […]

NSAC Delivers Research Comments; Opportunity to Comment Still Open

June 4, 2010

On Wednesday, June 2, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) held a stakeholder listening session on its largest competitive research grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  NSAC’s Policy Director Ferd Hoefner and member organizations, the Organic Farming Research Foundation and the Market Forces, delivered oral remarks. Significantly overhauled, the AFRI […]

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